As of August 2014, California Readers will be closing its doors. The main reason is the fact that LAUSD has not been funding personnel for its school libraries for the past several years and the people needed to coordinate the program in the schools are not there.
I am so sad to learn that California Readers will no longer exist. It has been
a wonderful organization and done so much to help connect authors like me with
the many schools in the LA area. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to do
school visits both during the regular school day and after school for the LA's
Best program. And I will miss the annual luncheon, which has always been a
highlight of the year. I thank California Readers for honoring me as a
Leo Politi author and for everything else it has done to promote reading, writing and the love of books.